Oklahoma City, Okla. -- New regulations on commercial pet breeding require treatment of sick animals and annual veterinary wellness exams. The action follows new rules approved the Oklahoma?s Board of Commercial Pet Breeders on July 15.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
— New regulations on commercial pet breeding require treatment of sick animals and annual veterinary wellness exams. The action follows new rules approved the Oklahoma’s Board of Commercial Pet Breeders on July 15.
The new regulations mandate that animals receive an annual physical examination by a veterinarian at least once a year and provide veterinary care to sick or injured animals within 24 hours. Rabies vaccinations may only be administered by licensed veterinarians, according to the regulations, and breeders must follow the directives for care and supply any medications prescribed by veterinarians.
Under the new rules, anyone who owns 11 or more intact females for breeding or sale over a 12- month period are considered commercial pet breeders. Licenses can be revoked for a number of offenses, including felony convictions or failure to file an annual report, state officials report.
The new regulations specify that food must be offered at least once per day, under the new regulations, and animals must be provided access to water for at least one hour three times per day. Flooring and maintenance of housing, pest control, kennel size and exercise requirements are among the other standards of care outlined by the new rules.
Breeders also will have to have any animals older than 2 months permanently identified by a microchip, tattoo or similar device prior to sale or transfer. Under the new regulations, breeders are prohibited from shipping animals younger than 8 weeks of age.